Riflescopes Buying Guide

Riflescopes Buying Guide

What is a Rifle Scope?

A Scope also known as a telescopic sight is a device that magnifies an image for shooting a target at a distance when the eye is unable to. The design is based off the refracting telescope. Riflescopes are used for hunting, tactical use as well as sport shooting. The optic is fitted with a reticle for accuracy. The reticle assist with lining up with your target, also known as the crosshair.

Riflescopes works on the same principles as a telescope. You have an objective lens in the front where light passes through the body of the scope. At the back of the scope, you have the ocular lens that focuses the light on the shooter's eye. You have the ocular, magnification, focus, and objective lenses.

1. Objective lens assembly

This is the lens in front of the scope, this lens is quite important as it is the first contact of light through to the eye. The objective lens, depending on the quality range, may have coating that allow more light to pass through. More light that passes through to the eye and clearer you image will be.

2. Focus lens assembly 

The focus lens corrects parallax error by moving the focus lens toward and away from the objective lens.

3. Erector tube assembly 

The erector tube assembly holds the magnifying lenses and reticle components.


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Now let us look at lenses, this is one of the most important components of a rifle scope. Previously I mentioned coatings on lenses. Scopes in the high-quality range, will have fully multi-coated lenses and this will be the best choice to go for. Optical coating on the lens allows the maximum amount of light to pass through, reducing the loss of light due to reflection. It also adds some scratch resistance and reduces glare.

There are several levels of coating:

Coated: There is at least one layer of protection on at least one lens surface.

Fully coated: The scope has a single layer on all air to glass lens.

Multi-coated: The scope has a single layer on all air to glass lens, with multiple coats on at least one lens.

Fully multi-coated: This scope has multiple layers of coating on all air to glass lenses.



Hunting reticles are mostly made from wire or though glass-etched reticles are starting to make a presence in the hunting scene worldwide for rugged reputation.

Below are some of the most common recticles you will come across, we will not be going through all of them as some manufactures have over 70 different recticles.

1. Scope Cross Hairs

The is reticle is the most well know and has been improved on over the years. This reticle is made up of a single horizontal and a single vertical crosshair, the aiming Point being at the centre where the two lines meet. Something to note that this recticle that the thinness of the recticle as well as the components makes them fragile if miss treated.

2. Duplex Reticle

This reticle is suitable for both the professional and beginner shooter due to it being easier to work with. Duplex recticles is an improved version of the crosshair. They have thin crosshair centers. However, the centers are thicker and denser towards the scope edge, and the four cross hairs thin out so the eye remains drawn to the aiming point. It is more of the all-purpose kind of reticle.

3. Mil Dot Reticle

For long range shooting this is the recticle you need to have, the mil dot reticle is a must-have. The design is similar to the crosshair but instead of the thin lines it has small dots and usually placed 1-mil apart, hence the name - Mil Dot. This is for calculating distance within the recticle. 1 –mil is 1/1000 equivalent as in Milli-radian. With the mil dots, the distance between you and the target is easy to figure out.

4. BDC Reticle

BDC, bullet drop compensation, is for long range scopes recticle for over 450 meters and more but can be used for short or middle range shooting. A BDC reticle is essentially a crosshair or duplex reticle with dots as well as markings beneath the centre point. Distance is marked as circles, dots, and hash marks. When a bullet is fired it flies in the form of an arc and falls. The bullet’s position before the flight is below the centre aim as a result of the space between scope and rifle butt. Ballistics flight affords compensation for the bullet drop.


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FFP & SFP Reticles

first focal plane (FFP)

With the first focal plane (FFP) the reticle is located is the front of the magnifying lens assembly. When the magnification is adjusted up or down the crosshairs adjust to the size relative to the target and subtention remains the same.


Second focal plane (SFP)

The second focal plane (SFP) is the most common design that most hunters and shooters are familiar with. This design the rectile is located the behind the magnifying lens assembly. When you adjust the magnification, the cross stays the same size despite the target changes in size.


MOA 20 Illuminated SFP Reticle

At 20x the reticle lines subtend 2.5mm at 100m, which is fine enough for accurate shot placement without being too difficult to see, and fifteen indicator markings, evenly spaced 1-MOA apart, run along the full length of each crosswire from centre. The ranging scale inset at the top of the reticle provides a quick and accurate means of ranging a 20cm high target from 200 to 500 metres. In poor light the reticle can be green-illuminated using the eleven-step brightness control which is mounted atop the parallax wheel on the saddle of the scope.


Illuminated Reticles

What is an illuminated recticle?

This is when the recticle is illuminated in other words illuminated reticle is a type of reticle that shows red light point and because of this, the illuminated reticle gives great accuracy in low light conditions including at night. This however must not be mistaken for night vision. Something to note, the illuminated reticle increase the Weight of Scope. The illuminated recticle is powered with a battery. Usually a CR32 battery, flat and round. The scope will then have to have an additional knob to house the battery and will as to control the off and on function. You would probably look at an additional weight of about 50g extra on the scope.

Here is a very interesting recticle that is done by Lynx Optics, a South African bases company. For the SAH recticle, we will be looking at the Lynx LX3 5-30x56 Competition Rifle Scope of which you can have a look at on our site on the following link: https://www.futurama.co.za/lynx-lx2-5-20x50-rifle-scope-sah/


What brand of rifle scope should I look at?

Now this is a question, there are so many brands offering quality scopes out there and at time it can be very daunting with all the options. Here are the top seven quality brands to look at that we as Futurama.co.za here can offer you along with a recommendation.


The company was founded in 1948 and is based in America. They do a wide range of optics such as spotting scopes, range finders and binoculars, just to name a few and are very well-known in the hunting scene.

Bushnell Elite Tactical LRTS 3-12x44 Riflescope - Illuminated G3 (FFP) Reticle, Matte Black

The Elite Tactical Riflescope has patented, permanent water-repellant coating that resists moisture from rain, snow, sleet and condensation for clear viewing, even in inclement weather, Argon Purged Fog-Proofing that ensures optics remain stable regardless of ambient temperature for the ultimate fog-proof protection, IPX7 Waterproof construction and fully multi-coated optics to deliver bright, high-contrast images. 

  • Illuminated G3 (FFP) Reticle
  • Side parallax adjustable from 50 Yd to infinity
  • 3-12x magnification
  • 44mm objective lens
  • Exposed elevation and windage turrets
  • Fully-Multi coated optics deliver crisp images in every lighting condition
  • Argon-filled optics remain stable regardless of ambient temperature for the ultimate fog-proof protection
  • RainGuard HD permanent water-repellent coating resists moisture from rain, snow, sleet and condensation for clear viewing, even in inclement weather
  • IPX7 Waterproof construction keeps optics dry inside
  • Reticle Illuminated G3 (FFP)
  • Colour Matte Black
  • Magnification x Obj Lens 3-12X44mm
  • Parallax Adjustment Side
  • Parallax Adjustment Range Adjustable From 50 Yd To Infinity
  • Eye Relief 101.6mm
  • Length 332.74mm
  • Weight 793g
  • Tube Diameter 30mm
  • Field Of View (FT @100 YD) 35Ft @ 3x To 9Ft @ 12x
  • Elevation Adjustment Range 80 MOA / 23.9 MIL
  • Windage Adjustment Range 80 MOA / 23.9 MIL
  • Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
  • Waterproof 



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Hawke Sport Optics

Hawke Sport Optics was founded in the United Kingdom over 15 years ago and the company established the US headquarters in Indiana in 2007. Today Hawke is a worldwide market leader, offering an extensive range of high quality, value for money sporting optics, from rifle, crossbow and airgun scopes to binoculars, spotting scopes and accessories such as laser range finders, red dot sights, sunshades and mounts.

Hawke Sidewinder 8-32x56 Riflescope (SR PRO)

Designed for long-range use with exceptional low-light capabilities, the Hawke Sport Optics 8-32x56 +Sidewinder Riflescope boasts a wide and powerful zoom range and a side parallax turret with an adjustment range from 10 yards out to infinity. Its illuminated reticle can be displayed in either red or green with five intensity levels for each color to give you the ability to customize the reticle to your preference or specific situation. The reticle is glass-etched so it will not only resist fading and shifting over time, but will show as a conventional black reticle when the illumination is turned off. Compatible with Hawke's Ballistic Reticle Calculator, the reticle can be calibrated to your gun and round to make long-range shooting even more precise. This +Sidewinder is designed with a generous eye box to give you ample room for recoil when using the high-caliber rifles required for accurate long-distance shooting.

Versus smaller objective scopes, the +Sidewinder’s 56mm objective and 18-layer anti-reflection, fully multi-coated optics draws in generous amounts of light. It provides you with bright and clear, high-contrast images during the pre-dawn and post-dusk hours when many game animals are most active, even if you have to stalk your prey through heavily canopied areas during those periods. A fast-focus collar, rubber-coated zoom ring, and knurled rheostat control, along with exposed turrets, allow you to quickly adapt to rapidly changing situations. Complementing the performance of the scope is a lightweight and durable anodized magnesium alloy housing with a robust 30mm one-piece main tube that is nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed to be water and fog proof. To get the most out of the scope's long-range capabilities, a 4" screw-on sunshade is included to reduce glare and increase image quality, and a 4" removable side adjustment wheel can be installed on the parallax turret for precise adjustments even when wearing gloves.

  • 8-32x zoom range

  • 56mm objective lens
  • 18-layer anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics improve contrast, colour rendition, and overall image brightness
  • 10.6-3.3' field of view at 100 yards
  • Modified duplex crosshair-style
  • Thick hollow outer posts with stadia markers inside
  • Thin broken center hairs isolates illuminated aiming cross
  • Long dashes on lower vertical axis for Ballistic Drop Compensation (BDC), ranging, and target size estimation
  • Sub-tension set at 8x magnification
  • Knurled Posi-Grip adjustment collar
  • Five selectable brightness levels
  • Choose between red and green colours
  • Magnification 8-32x

  • Objective Lens Diameter 56mm
  • Maintube Diameter 30 mm
  • Reticle SR Pro duplex crosshair
  • Red or green partial illumination
  • Field of View 10.6 - 3.3' @ 100 yd / 3.5 - 1.1 m @ 100 m
  • Parallax Correction Side adjustment turret
  • Adjustable from 10 yd / 9 m to infinity
  • Eye Relief 3.5" / 8.9 cm
  • Exit Pupil Diameter 7.0 - 1.75 mm
  • Impact Point Correction 1/4 MOA per click
  • Windage/Elevation Adjustment 53 MOA



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In 1942, the company name was changed to its present form, Leupold & Stevens. Surveying equipment, rifle scopes, and related products are sold under the "Leupold" name, while water monitoring instrumentation, such as level and flow recorders, are marketed under the "Stevens" brand. After World War II Leupold & Stevens began making gun scopes after Marcus Leupold failed to hit a deer with his rifle. His scope fogged up, and he is reported to have exclaimed "Hell! I could build a better scope than this!" as the deer bounded off. By 1979, the Leupold scopes were generating twice the total revenue of Stevens instruments.

Leupold FX-3 12x40mm Adj. Obj. Target Rifle Scope - Fine Duplex Reticle, Matte Black

The Leupold FX-3 12x40mm Adj. Obj. Target Rifle Scope is ideal for the open country. It is powerful and user-friendly with high precision reticles. Reduces reflections and provides superior abrasion resistance. Optimize light transmission for enhanced definition and luminance during twilight. This is a day time rifle scope and does not amplify light, unlike night vision rifles scopes.

  • Fine Duplex Reticle

  • Multi-coat 4 and Diamond coat 2 Technology
  • Adjustable Objective
  • 1/4 MOA and CDS target
  • 1/4-MOA field-click adjustments
  • Xtended Twilight lens system
  • 1-inch Main tube
  • 2nd Generation Argon/Krypton waterproofing and fog-proof
  • Weight (oz) 13.50

  • Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) - Low 8.90
  • Linear FOV (m/100 m) - Low 3.00
  • Length (in) 12.10
  • Eye Relief (in) - Low 4.00
  • Eye Relief (mm) - Low 102.00
  • Objective Diameter (in) 1.60
  • Weight (g) 383.00
  • Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA) 71.00
  • Windage Adjustment Range (MOA) 71.00




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Lynx Optics

Lynx Optics are built with the sole purpose of offering cost effective, quality optics for the African hunter. Although our optics are expertly manufactured in Japan to the highest international standards, Lynx is a true South African company. Decades of hunting in fields from the Klein Karoo to Groot Marico has given us the insight and experience to create a range of optics that is designed to meet, and exceed, the tough standards set by the African environment. Our local status also means that true support is always at hand - getting you behind the rifle before most other scopes have even reached their international support stations. Whether it’s mounted on the .22 that teaches your son to place shots on bully beef cans, or on your .416 that takes down a charging Buffalo bull, Lynx has a scope to suit your needs and your pocket.

Lynx LX3 5-30x56 Competition Rifle Scope (MOA)

This pristine rifle scope represents a new era in weaponry optics for Lynx South Africa. With an impressive zoom range of 5x to 30x magnification this scope is great for the long distance shooter, Lynx has ensured that this scope will perform perfectly under all practical hunting conditions. These units are argon purged & therefore able to safely stay under a metre of water for up to 60 minutes - so bushveld rain poses no problem for this scope which will also remain fog free. No amount of recoil will be able to so much as challenge this scope, which is capable of easily handling over 1000Gs and an eye relief of 92mm’s means you can put it on your biggest gun. The illuminated MOA@20 reticle has an easy to use range-determining scale built into the bottom of the lower vertical post for ranging 20cm high targets from 200 to 500 metres. With the LX3 5-30x56's extreme adaptability & precision - You will always be the ultimate predator during the hunt.

  • Magnification range suitable for long range target shooting and field target competition

  • Green illuminated MOA@20 competition reticle
  • 56mm objective lens
  • Saddle-mounted parallax adjustment from 50 metres to infinity
  • 34mm main tube
  • 91mm minimum eye-relief makes the scope suitable for mounting on any calibre rifle
  • 80MOA elevation adjustment with zero stop (more than one metre up/down at 100 metres)
  • ¼ moa Tactical / Target windage and elevation controls
  • Magnification 5-30

  • Exit pupil diameter (mm) 8.2  1.9
  • Eye-relief (mm) 91  92
  • Actual FOV 3.12° 0.61°
  • Objective diameter 56mm
  • Total Windage adjustment range 40 MOA
  • Total Elevation adjustment range 80 MOA
  • Tube diameter One-piece 34mm
  • Tube material Black hard anodized aluminium (HV300)
  • Water proof Positive internal pressure 300kPa. Submersible 1m for 60 minutes.
  • Recoil proof 1000G
  • Fog proof Argon purged



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Swarovski Optik

Swarovski Optik, established in 1949 by the son of the group's founder, was originally the result of Wilhelm Swarovski's keen interest in astronomy, combined with his access to the specialized glass production and finishing technologies already used to manufacture jewellery stones in his father's factory.Since then the company has developed a range of optical systems including binoculars, observational telescopes, rifle scopes, range finders and night sight devices. Among other accolades, it holds a Royal Warrant as supplier of binoculars to the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II.

Swarovski X5I 5-25X56 4WX-I Rifle Scope

This high-luminosity rifle scope with a 56 mm objective diameter allows you, thanks to its 25x magnification, to shoot accurately over long distances, even in the poorest light conditions. Swarovski Optik designed the 5-25x56x50 X5 Riflescope with an incredibly wide magnification range and large over-sized objective to provide shooters a platform to confidently and accurately shoot from the first pre-dawn glow to the day's last ray of sunlight. The X5 employs an array of technologies that can put you on-target at distance, while maintaining the ability to precisely place shorter shots. Its performance begins with Swarovski's iconic proprietary SWAROTOP and SWARODUR anti-reflection coatings. The entire optical path is fully multicoated to maximize light transmission for bright, high-contrast images, especially in low-light conditions. They use multi-rotational turrets with 1/4 MOA impact point correction to precisely put you on-target faster. The windage turret features a 50 MOA adjustment range; while the elevation boasts a broad 82 MOA range for accurate long-range BDC. Its SUBZERO function allows you to go up to 10 MOA below a pre-set Zero to make closer shots that long-range scopes are unable to accomplish accurately.

Complementing and protecting the optical performance and technologies is an aluminum alloy housing with a corrosion and scratch-resistant matte-black anodized finish. Its 30mm one-piece main-tube walls have been made thicker than previous housings for additional strength and recoil resistance. The turret and inversion systems have been built with stainless steel components that exert the same pressure on both turrets in any position to ensure maximum accuracy, precision and repeatability from the heaviest recoiling calibers. The whole system is O-ring sealed and the optical tube is nitrogen-filled providing fogproof performance in all weather and temperatures, while allowing it to be submersed in water to a depth of 13 feet.

  • 5-25x Magnification
  • Effective objective lens diameter (mm): 48.0-56
  • Exit pupil diameter (mm): 9.5-2.3
  • Exit pupil distance (mm) (Eye relief): 95
  • Field of view (ft/100 yds / m/100 m): 21-4.5 / 7-1.5
  • Field of view (degrees): 4.0-0.8
  • Field of view, apparent (degrees): 21.1
  • Dioptric compensation (dpt): -3 to +2
  • Light transmission (%): 90
  • Twilight factor acc. to ISO: 14132-1 15.5-37.4
  • Impact point corr. per click (in/100 yds / mm/100 m): 0.26 / 7.2
  • Max. elevation / windage adjustment range (in/100 yds / m/100 m): 86.4/54 / 2.4/1.5
  • Impact point corr. per click (MOA): 4-Jan
  • Max. elevation / windage adjustment range (MOA): 82/50
  • Elevation/windage impact point correction per rotation (clicks): 80/72
  • Option to go below sight-in distance SUBZERO (clicks): 40
  • Parallax correction (yds / m): 55-8 / 50-8
  • Objective filter thread M: 58x0.75
  • Length (in / mm): 14.8 / 377
  • Weight (oz / g): 30 / 850
  • Central tube diameter (in / mm): 1.18 / 30
  • Functional temperature: -4 °F to +131 °F (-20 °C / +55 °C)
  • Storage temperature: -22 °F to +158 °F (-30 °C / +70 °C)
  • Submersion tightness: 13 ft / 4 m water depth (inert gas filling)



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Vortex Optics

Since 1986 we have been and remain an American owned, Veteran owned, Family owned and operated business of hard-working folks located here in south central Wisconsin. Dan and Margie Hamilton, the original and current owners, moved to Middleton, WI in 1986 and started a small outdoor retail store. The business was started on the belief that if you focused on the customers and helped them achieve their goals with fast, friendly, personalized service that the bottom line would take care of itself. The business grew and evolved over time and in 2002 Vortex Optics was established. Starting with Dan and Margie and now over 200 American team members strong, we work diligently day in and day out to give you the best products and service in the optics industry. 

Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44 FFP Riflescope - EBR-2C MRAD

The focal plane reticle in the Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44 FFP Riflescope allows shooters to use the information-packed EBR-2C reticles for ranging, holdovers or windage corrections on any magnification. Housed inside its durable, one-piece aluminum tube is a 4 x optical system delivering excellent edge-to-edge clarity and sharp resolution. Exposed elevation and windage turrets are low profile enough to stay out of the way in packing situations, but offer the quickness, ease and precision of dialing accurate shots at distance. A side adjustable parallax gives shooters peace of mind by removing parallax error from the equation from 9.1 meters to infinity.

  • Extra-low dispersion (XD) glass increases resolution and color fidelity, resulting in crisp, sharp images
  • Anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces provide increased light transmission for greater clarity and low-light performance
  • Scale of reticle remains in proportion to the zoomed image. Constant subtensions allow accurate holdover and ranging at all magnifications
  • Allows for intricate reticle design. Protected between two layers of glass for optimum durability and reliability
  • 30 mm diameter tube provides maximized internal adjustment and strength
  • Gas purged and o-ring sealed for fogproof and waterproof performance in all conditions
  • Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Constructed from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum for strength and rigidity
  • O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the riflescope for reliable performance in all environments
  • Nitrogen gas purging prevents internal fogging over a wide range of temperatures
  • Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact
  • Highly durable low-glare matte finish helps camouflage the shooter's position
  • Uses premium components in the zoom lens mechanism to ensure smooth magnification changes under the harshest conditions
  • The Diamondback Tactical scopes feature tactical windage and elevation turrets with Zero Reset making adjustments back to zero easy and quick
  • Magnification: 4-16 x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 44 mm
  • Eye Relief: 9.5 cm
  • Field of View: 8.19-2 m @ 91.44 m
  • Tube Size: 30 mm
  • Turret Style: Tall Exposed Tactical
  • Adjustment Graduation: 0.1 MRAD
  • Travel per Rotation: 6 MRAD
  • Max Elevation Adjustment: 25 MRAD
  • Max Windage Adjustment: 25 MRAD
  • Parallax Setting: 18.2 m to Infinity
  • Length: 35 cm
  • Weight: 654 g



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Carl Zeiss was born in Weimar on 11 September 1816. He built microscopes in Jena from 1846 onward. Together with Ernst Abbe, he succeeded in placing the construction of microscopes on a scientific foundation. This was the basis of today's global player ZEISS. In 1846, Carl Zeiss opened a workshop for precision mechanics and optical instruments in Jena. He focused his activities more and more on microscope production. Soon he was supplying not only the regional market but also shipping his wares around the world.

Since 1904, ZEISS has been a pioneer in riflescopes for hunting. It has secured its pole position thanks to innovations and extremely high-quality standards. Milestones achieved by the company include two hunting riflescopes in 1922 with variable magnification: the Zielmulti/Zielmultar and the Zielacht, the first riflescope to combine high magnification with maximum twilight performance.The new inner mounting rail that ZEISS unveiled in 1990 was revolutionary due to its simple and rapid riflescope mounting feature. The Victory Varipoint model with its groundbreaking red targeting dot for day and night use was a resounding success when it was launched in 1998.In 2012, the VICTORY HT riflescope delivered extreme light transmission greater than 95%. Today, ZEISS offers a wide range of riflescopes for hunting and long-range shooting, from 1.1x wide-angle magnification to 24x magnification with a 72 mm objective lens diameter for long range in low light.

Zeiss Conquest DL 2-8x42 Riflescope with Reticle 6

Zeiss designed the 2-8x42 Conquest Duralyt Riflescope for uncompromising precision, durability, and optical performance. With its high quality optical glass and multi-layer anti-reflection coatings, it provides brilliant and sharp images with high resolution of your targets. The optics are further enhanced with LotuTec water-repellent coatings to ensure that water droplets run off from the lenses immediately and that dirt can be removed without a trace. No matter when you hunt, a versatile 42mm objective aperture will collect enough light in most lighting conditions to deliver bright, crisp, and clearly visible images. To help you see clear views and targets with minimum obstruction, the Reticle 6 casts minimal subtension on your field of view and has non-imposing ultra-fine features: three thin posts and a thin crosshair. To help with ballistic and wind drift compensation, this optic offers 160cm windage and elevation adjustment ranges with 1cm increments. It is a refined and intuitive ballistic solution that offers a non-slip knob with 9 custom ballistic rings for using different loads. This system helps you to compensate for the different bullet trajectory paths. Drawing on a long tradition of engineering excellence and precision manufacturing, this waterproof and fogproof optic was impeccably constructed from high quality, lightweight and durable aluminium with a matte black anodized finish. Among many highlights are a 30mm main tube, capped turrets, knobs and rings that are knurled and easy to operate, and rubberized illumination touch buttons.

  • Lightweight Construction
  • Wide Field of View
  • 30mm Tube Diameter
  • Great for Stalking in Rough Terrain
  • Magnification: 2 x
  • Effective Lens Diameter: 32.5 mm
  • Exit Pupil Diameter: 16.3 mm
  • Twilight Factors: 5.7
  • Field of View at 100m: 15.9 m
  • Subjective Viewing Angle: 9.1 °
  • Diopter Adjustment Range: +2 | -3 dpt
  • Eye Relief: 90 mm
  • Parallax-Free: 100 m
  • Adjustment Square at 100m: 160 cm
  • Adjustment per Click at 100m: 1 cm
  • Centre Tube Diameter: 30 mm
  • Eye Piece Tube Diameter: 42 mm
  • Objective Tube Diameter: 48 mm
  • LotuTec: Yes
  • Nitrogen Filling: Yes
  • Water Resistance: 400 mbar
  • Functional Temperature in °C: -25 | +50 °C
  • Length: 302 mm



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Riflescopes come in a variety of magnifications and some have a variable zoom that allows you to change the power of your scope depending on the level of magnification you require. In general, low power riflescopes are great for hunting at close range and for shooting moving targets, medium power scopes are ideal for hunting big game targets such as deer at medium range, and high power riflescopes are ideal for shooting still targets and small vermin and game.


Rifle scopes either come with a fixed magnification or a zoom or variable magnification. Each type of scope has pros and cons and whether or not you choose a fixed or zoom magnification riflescope will largely depend on what you are using your scope for and personal preference.  Zoom scopes are much more versatile than fixed scopes as they have a minimum and maximum magnification level and can be used to shoot at all magnification levels in-between these. This versatility allows them to be used for both short range and long range shooting.  Despite the benefits of zoom riflescopes, many hunters and shooters; especially beginners or those who always shoot at a certain distance from their target, choose to stick with a fixed magnification scope. This is mainly because they are a lot simpler to use and do not require any magnification adjustments and they can be more durable than their zoom counterparts.  So, if you plan on using your scope and rifle at a specific distance and want something that is easier to use, then you may want to opt for a fixed magnification scope. If you are planning on shooting at various distances or targets then a zoom scope is a great choice.


A riflescope reticle is the visual marker used inside a riflescope which provides the shooter with an aiming point. Reticles come in a variety of designs, and it is important that you choose a reticle that is appropriate for the activity you intend to use your scope for and the distance that you plan on shooting.


Sometimes when you are viewing distant targets, the reticle of your riflescopes appears to move slightly. This is called Parallax. Parallax occurs when your eye is not completely lined up with the reticle of your riflescope which is physically on one of the lenses on the inner tune of your scope. Most scopes are set to to ensure that at certain shooting distances the cross hair of your reticle is perfectly aligned with the target that you are looking at so that you are not affected by parallax (usually 100yd). If you are using a factory set scope to shoot at a distance other than what it was set for, parallax can be introduced if your eye is not perfectly centered in the scope and the reticle may appear to be moving. For most hunting purposes it isn’t worth worrying about parallax because the error is very small, but target shooters or long range hunters (over 500 yards) often choose to solve the parallax problem by buying a scope with an adjustable objective lens or a side parallax focus where you can simply dial in the range you believe the target is from you and you are now parallax free at that range.


Rifle scope rings come in a variety of designs and in a number of heights. Different height scope rings allow you to comfortably and securely attach different sized scopes to your rifle. When mounting your scope to your rifle you should aim to mount it as low as comfortably possible on your weapon without letting the scope touch the barrel. Some scope will need bigger rings so that there is a larger clearance area for scopes with larger objective lens and also scope caps. So what sized rings do you usually need for scopes with different objective lens diameters?

  • Extra/super/ultra high rings - Flattop rifles often need extra high rings with an optical center of 1.5 inches or just slightly less for a proper cheek weld.
  • High rings - Scopes with 50mm objective lenses will often require high rings to mount them properly on your weapon.
  • Medium rings - Rifle scopes with 42mm - 45mm lenses often require medium rings with standard contour barrels to mount them on your rifle.
  • Low rings - Scopes with 40mm objective lens diameters with generally use low rings with standard contour barrels.

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